Chapter 10.14
RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMIT SYSTEM

Sections:

10.14.010    Purpose.

10.14.020    Definitions.

10.14.030    Residential parking permits.

10.14.040    Other parking permits.

10.14.050    Repealed.

10.14.060    Permit parking privileges.

10.14.070    Permit – Revocation.

10.14.080    Violation – Penalty.

10.14.010 Purpose.

The city has adopted parking limits and posted signs limiting parking on certain residential streets identified in POMC 10.12.560. The purpose of this chapter is to establish a residential parking permit system to facilitate residents parking on public streets near their homes beyond such established parking limits, and to further authorize the finance department to issue parking permits as specified in this chapter. (Ord. 025-16 § 1; Ord. 029-15 § 1; Ord. 1427 § 2, 1988).

10.14.020 Definitions.

(1) “Bed and breakfast parking permit” means a parking permit validated and issued by the city to accommodate on-street parking for registered guests of permitted bed and breakfast facilities, as defined by the city zoning code.

(2) “Commuter vehicle” means a licensed vehicle parked in a residential area which is not owned or leased by a resident of that residential area. Vehicles that weigh 10,000 pounds or more are not considered commuter vehicles for the purpose of this chapter.

(3) “Residential event parking permit” means a one-day parking permit validated and issued by the city allowing a guest of a resident who is eligible for a residential parking permit to park within one block of that person’s residence for a period of up to 24 hours. This permit is intended to allow multiple guests to park their vehicles near the residence of a person who is holding an event.

(4) “Residential guest parking permit” means a 14-day parking permit validated and issued by the city allowing a temporary guest of a resident who is eligible for a residential parking permit to park within one block of that person’s residence for a period of up to 14 days.

(5) “Residential parking permit” means a parking permit validated and issued by the city allowing a resident or guest to park within one block of their residence beyond the established parking limits in POMC 10.12.560 and as posted, with privileges as specified in this chapter.

(6) “Residential parking permit area” means within any area described in POMC 10.12.560.

(7) “Residential vehicle” means a licensed car, pickup trucks, or similar vehicles parked in a residential area which is owned or leased by a resident of that residential area. The term shall not include commercial vehicles, buses, tractors, boats, trailers, or recreational vehicles as described in POMC 10.13.010 and 10.18.010.

(8) “Temporary residential parking permit” means a one-day parking permit validated and issued by the city allowing a guest of a resident who is eligible for a residential parking permit to park at a specific site for a period of up to 24 hours. (Ord. 025-16 § 2; Ord. 029-15 § 2; Ord. 011-07 § 3; Ord. 1928 § 1, 2004; Ord. 1427 § 3, 1988).

10.14.030 Residential parking permits.

(1) Residential Parking Permit Area. The city council hereby designates the residential parking permit area as those streets listed in POMC 10.12.560.

(2) Issuance of Permits. The finance department shall issue residential parking permits, in accordance with the following guidelines:

(a) Application for a permit is required. Each permit is for one vehicle. The application shall include the following: name of resident, address of resident, phone number of resident; vehicle make, model, year and license plate number.

(b) Eligible recipients for a residential parking permit shall be persons residing in residential parking permit areas designated by council action in accordance with POMC 10.12.560.

(c) There shall be an administrative fee for each residential parking permit and a replacement residential parking permit. The fee shall be set by resolution and adopted by the city council.

(d) The permit shall be valid as long as the same owner retains ownership of that residential vehicle for which the permit was issued and that owner resides in the residential area. Permits are renewable in two-year intervals expiring on the last day of the issuance calendar month. The residential parking program is limited to residential vehicles. The vehicle shall be licensed and operable.

(e) Parking permits allow the owner of the vehicle to park within a one-block radius of the owner’s residence on streets with posted restrictions. Permits do not guarantee or reserve a certain parking space on the street.

(f) Permits are issued to a specific license plate number and are not transferable between vehicles or residents. Upon purchase of a new vehicle or change of license plates on an existing vehicle, the resident shall bring in the vehicle registration and obtain a new permit. A replacement fee will apply.

(g) Permits are to be affixed to the exterior of the back window, on the lower part of the window on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Permits must be visible to approaching parking enforcement officers.

(h) Change of address is required. If a resident moves within the residential parking zone, the resident shall notify of the address change. If a resident moves outside of the residential parking zone, the permit is no longer valid. There will be no fee for updating a residential address change within the parking zone.

(i) Lost or stolen vehicle permits will be reissued at the replacement fee. It is the responsibility of the resident to care for and control the use of all issued permits.

(3) The finance department shall determine eligibility for a residential parking permit. Eligibility is established by a person or persons complying with the following:

(a) Provide proof that person owns or leases the residential vehicle by the means of a current vehicle registration and valid state/government picture ID or the vehicle’s registered address is the address of the permittee;

(b) Provide proof that person resides in a residential parking permit area by the means of a property deed, rental agreement, current utility bill, or any piece of mail in the resident’s name; and

(c) The maximum number of permits is limited to no more than four per residential address. (Ord. 025-16 § 3; Ord. 029-15 § 3; Ord. 1928 § 2, 2004; Ord. 1427 § 4, 1988).

10.14.040 Other parking permits.

The finance department is authorized to issue the following permits:

(1) Residential guest parking permits shall be available for vehicles of guests of persons residing in a residential permit parking area. The vehicle must be owned or leased by the guest and licensed and operable. Residential guest parking permits shall not be issued for commercial vehicles, buses, tractors, boats or trailers. This permit shall be valid for a 14-day period. There shall be an administrative fee for each residential guest parking permit. The fee shall be set by resolution and adopted by the city council.

(2) Temporary residential parking permits shall be available for cars, pickup trucks, or similar vehicles. Commercial vehicles, buses, boats, boat trailers, and recreational vehicles that are being loaded or unloaded may be issued a temporary residential parking permit. A temporary residential parking permit is restricted to a specific site, is valid only for a 24-hour period, and will allow the vehicle to park in excess of the time limits posted on the street. No vehicle can be issued more than two temporary residential parking permits in a seven-consecutive-day period, and not more than four in a 30-day period. There shall be an administrative fee for each temporary residential parking permit. The fee shall be set by resolution and adopted by the city council.

(3) Residential event parking permits shall be available for vehicles of guests of persons residing in a residential permit parking area to allow multiple guests to park their vehicles near the residence to attend an event at the residence. All vehicles for which the residential event parking permits are obtained must be owned or leased by a guest and licensed and operable. Residential event parking permits shall not be allowed to be used for commercial vehicles, buses, tractors, boats or trailers. Such permits shall be valid for a 24-hour period. The resident holding the event may obtain up to 10 residential event parking permits per event. No resident shall be issued residential event parking permits for more than three events per year. There shall be an administrative fee for each residential event parking permit. The fee shall be set by resolution and adopted by the city council.

(4) Subject to the provisions of the city’s parking requirements as contained in the city’s zoning code, up to three bed and breakfast parking permits shall be available for vehicles of registered guests of a bed and breakfast facility during their stay. The permit shall only be valid for on-street parking within two blocks of the bed and breakfast facility. The vehicle must be owned or leased by the guest and licensed and operable. Bed and breakfast parking permits shall not be issued for commercial vehicles, buses, tractors, boats, trailers or recreational vehicles. Bed and breakfast parking permits must be displayed prominently in a window of the vehicle. There shall be an administrative fee for each bed and breakfast permit. The fee shall be set by resolution and adopted by the city council.

(5) The finance department may issue a special parking permit on a case-by-case basis for situations that do not fall within one of the above parking permit designations when it is determined that a need exists for such issuance. Such special parking permits shall only be valid through the date and on the street(s) listed thereon. There shall be an administrative fee for each special parking permit. The fee shall be set by resolution and adopted by the city council. (Ord. 025-16 § 4; Ord. 029-15 § 4; Ord. 011-07 § 4; Ord. 1928 § 3, 2004; Ord. 1427 § 5, 1988).

10.14.050 Community event parking permit.

Repealed by Ord. 029-15. (Ord. 1427 § 6, 1988).

10.14.060 Permit parking privileges.

(1) A vehicle on which is displayed a valid parking permit as provided for herein shall be permitted to be parked in the residential permit parking area for which the permit has been issued without being limited by the posted time limit. Said vehicle shall not be exempt from parking restrictions or prohibitions established pursuant to authority other than this chapter. All other motor vehicles parked within a residential permit parking area shall be subject to the posted time restrictions.

(2) A parking permit shall not guarantee or reserve to the holder thereof an on-street parking space within the designated residential permit parking area. (Ord. 029-15 § 6; Ord. 1427 § 7, 1988).

10.14.070 Permit – Revocation.

(1) The city clerk is authorized to revoke any parking permit issued when one or more of the following circumstances has occurred:

(a) There was false or incorrect information provided in the permit application; and/or

(b) Eligibility criteria, such as vehicle license, operability, ownership, or residence is no longer met.

(2) To revoke the permit, the city clerk shall send by first class mail a notice to the permit holder stating that the permit has been revoked and the reason or reasons why the permit is revoked, along with the appeal process as outlined in subsection (3) of this section. The effective date of the revocation shall be 10 calendar days after the date of mailing.

(3) The permit holder or an agent of the permit holder may appeal this action to the city council by submitting a written appeal to the city clerk within five business days of the effective date of the revocation. Revocation shall be stayed pending the appeal. The appeal shall state the factual basis for the permit holder’s claim that revocation was improper.

(4) Upon revocation of the permit, the person shall immediately remove such permit from the vehicle. (Ord. 029-15 § 7; Ord. 1928 § 4, 2004; Ord. 1427 § 9, 1988).

10.14.080 Violation – Penalty.

(1) Violation of this chapter shall constitute a class 2 civil infraction and be enforced under Chapter 7.80 RCW when one or more of the following has occurred:

(a) It is unlawful and a violation of this chapter for a person to falsely represent himself as eligible for a parking permit or to furnish false information in an application therefor to the office of the city clerk or finance department.

(b) It is unlawful and a violation of this chapter for a person holding a valid parking permit issued pursuant hereto to allow the use or display of such permit on a motor vehicle other than that for which the permit is issued. Such conduct shall constitute an unlawful act and violation of this chapter both by the person holding the valid parking permit and the person who so uses or knowingly displays the permit on a motor vehicle other than that for which it is issued.

(c) It is unlawful and a violation of this chapter for a person to copy, produce or otherwise bring into existence a facsimile or counterfeit parking permit. It shall further be unlawful and a violation of this chapter for a person to knowingly use or display a facsimile or counterfeit parking permit in order to evade time limitations on parking applicable in a residential permit parking area. (Ord. 025-16 § 5; Ord. 029-15 § 8; Ord. 1427 § 8, 1988).